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Gardening Year 4 Blog 2017-18

Shout out for gardening materials

If you have any empty 2 litre plastic bottles and egg boxes please can you bring them into school so we can use them for gardening.  Also, any unwanted pots, planters, gardening tools and materials would also be gratefully received.  Please see Mr Hubery on the gate or leave with Mr Wild (Armes class). Thanks

Armes Class- Gardening

Today we had our very first gardening session which took place in the poly tunnel on the field. We were lucky enough to have some expert guidance from Mr McConnell, who showed us how to be an excellent gardener.  Here is what we have to say about our first lesson- Marianna- “if you have clean […]

Friday 24th November – Cooking, Forest School, Eco Council, Working as Scientists and gardening in Year 3

A wonderful end to the week with Finchley. We started the day developing our scientific drawings, closely observing, the carefully adding colour and detail.  We then divided into two groups for cooking and Forest Schools.  In cooking we worked in teams to prepare a vegetable soup.  At lunchtime, the Eco Council started to create the […]

Friday 3rd November – Finchley’s last gardening lesson

Today saw Finchley have their last Friday gardening session. Each member of the class (including Mr Wickens) planted an Aquadulce Broad Bean seed outside the polytunnel (30cm apart, 10cm deep and protected with an open topped plastic bottle cloche.  A small group worked with Andy to finish the Finchley SFG bed and sow three squares […]

1st November – building our first compost bin

Members of the school’s Eco Council spent lunchtime today preparing the ground for the compost bin they built before half term.  The bin has been constructed out of pallets and the first job today was to remove the turf so that the bin can sit on exposed soil.  We then hammered in two broom handles […]

Thursday 26th October – getting the beds ready for planting

We now have an amazing fence around the polytunnel which gives us an enclosed gardening and growing space. Thanks to Tom and Oli for digging in the compost and watering the Square Foot Gardening (SFG) beds this morning.  It is important for us to remember that the beds will need daily watering as they are […]

Friday 13th October – What is a seed?

Wonderful session today digging in compost, finishing up a couple of square foot gardening beds, and understanding all about seeds.  We finished the day off with some beautiful scientific drawings of broad bean seeds.  We carefully observed some Aqua Dolce broad bean seeds before recording words to describe them.  We then created observational drawings of […]

Friday 6th October – Preparing the polytunnel and choosing vegetables

Today Finchley class divided into two groups. One worked with Andy and Lucas to start moving the square foot gardening beds into the polytunnel while the other worked with Mr Hubery to use pH preference information to identify which vegetables will grow in our pH neutral (7.0) soil. The is the list we created: Artichoke […]

29th September – What is soil and why is it important?

Finchley class had their second gardening lesson today and we were investigating soil. We wanted to find out what it was, what was in it, and why it was so important. We started by collecting soil samples from the raised beds. We then brought them back to the classroom to take a closer look, recording […]

Friday 22nd September – What is a plant?

Today saw the launch of our new gardening class. Finchley class went out to explore and weed the raised beds ready for Autumn planting later this half term. We had a question to answer: what is a plant? We explored the different plants we found and brought back to class some really interesting specimens. In […]